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Editor: Alex Pleasants

It’s probably too hot for you to process this right now but there will be NO newsletter next week. I’ll be at Glastonbury watching Paul McCartney who used to be in a band called The Beatles. See you on Friday 1st July, my angels! 

This week’s Break Out Culture is all about the Chalke Valley History Festival, the world’s biggest festival dedicated entirely to history. Ed has a chinwag with festival director Jane Pleydell-Bouverie and two historians who’ll be talking there, Christopher de Bellaigue and Tracy Borman.  

 Government Stuff 

BEIS Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced a £743.5m commitment to boost life-changing technologies.  

DCMS unveiled its new UK Digital Strategy at London Tech Week, setting out a roadmap for strengthening the UK’s position as a tech superpower. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak opened proceedings for the week with a keynote about a tech-driven future for the UK and Nadine Dorries arrived in a self-driving car.  

Following a consultation, DCMS has published a series of proposals to reform data protection laws in the UK.  

The government has scheduled a review of the functions and effectiveness of Arts Council England for next year. 

Here’s another strategy for ya. The Ministry of Defence has published its Defence AI Strategy. 

The UK and US governments are teaming up on prize challenges to help speed up the development and adoption of privacy-enhancing tech.  

Labour has launched a review of business funding for start-ups in the UK, with a panel including former Conservative Treasury minister Jim O’Neill.  

 Culture Stuff 

Arts & Culture 
Next year’s Turner Prize is set to be presented at Towner Eastbourne as part of the gallery’s big 1-0-0.  

Art Fund has announced £2m in new funding opportunities for UK arts institutions.  

A Francis Bacon portrait of Lucien Freud, not seen in public for 57 years, looks set to fetch over £35m at auction. 

Also costing £35m
(what are the chances! Honestly!), the new Manchester School of Digital Arts has opened its real-life doors.  

A new Arts Council England study has found that private arts funding is increasingly reliant on an organisation showing its social impact. Good thing if you ask me.  

Arts Council Northern Ireland has launched a new £1.5m fund for rural arts projects. 

The UK and the US have reached an agreement on reciprocal licensing for architects.  

Dezeen here with its top pick of furniture designs and trends from Milan Design Week. Would have gone but its sofa away.  

Theatre & Dance 
The annual awards ceremony for people named Tony was last week. A Strange Loop was the big winner and Jennifer Hudson joined the EGOT club (that’s Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, FYI). 

And the Royal Ballet’s Edward Watson bagged best male dancer at the National Dance Awards 2022

The Beeb chats to Richard Hughes, the first disabled actor to play Richard III in a Royal Shakespeare Company production. 

The National Theatre is expanding its £3.3m youth programme to work with 140,000 young people from 55 secondary schools over the next three years.  

Scottish theatre company Cutting Edge Theatre has launched a new initiative to help disabled people get involved with performing arts. 

Tourism & Heritage  
More than 140 significant cultural sites have been damaged in Ukraine, according to UNESCO.  

The National Trust has unveiled a new heritage apprenticeship programme to help address skills shortages in the sector. 

Press, Books & Libraries 
Ruth Ozeki has won this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction for her ‘sparkling’ novel, The Book of Form and Emptiness.  

46% of British people are avoiding reading the news due to excessive COVID and political coverage and declining trust, according to a Reuters Institute report.  

Exhibitions and Events  
The Royal Academy has flung the doors open on the joyfully colour-filled Summer Exhibition, which has run without interruption since 1769. I haven’t missed one. Love it. 

REMIX London is back for its 10th anniversary on 1st-2nd September at the Google HQ and National Gallery and you can get yourself 30% off tickets with the code: VAIZEYVIEW. Aren’t we good to you! 

Battersea Arts Centre has unveiled its autumn programme, including the London premiere of Demi Nandhra’s The Trauma Show.  

A new production from performance artist Kid Carpet which celebrates and opens up conversations about failure is touring schools across the UK this summer.  

A new Zaha Hadid Foundation exhibition explores how London might look in 2066. An M&M World in every neighbourhood? We can but dream.  

Welcome to Only in New York! A new series from Kindred Media sharing stories of times that New Yorkers turned adversity into possibility. Episode one is all about Tribeca Festival - founded in 2002 in the aftermath of 9/11.  

One Million Guitars is a non-profit foundation that is working to impact the lives of children through the power of a musical instrument. Last week, the organisation hosted the first annual One Million Guitars Conference, gathering fourth and fifth graders in Israel to play together.  

 Creative Industries & Tech Stuff 

Film & TV 
The UK’s biggest cinema screen, the massive IMAX at Waterloo, is to be operated by the BFI from next month.  

Creative UK has opened applications for the Simon Relph Memorial Bursary to support emerging film producers.  

Give them another series, you swine! Netflix is following up Squid Game with a real-life game show version. $4.56m prize. No grisly demises. Cash back. 

Ok, slow down on the sequels. Jon Snow from Game of Thrones is getting his own spinoff from HBO. Like when Joey got his own show once Friends finished. Same vibe. 

London Fashion Week strutted into town last week - typically the men’s slot, but this year it was gender neutral. Here’s i-D Magazine with what you may have missed.  

London-based menswear designer Nicholas Daley has won this year’s BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund. 

Music & Radio 
Beyoncé is on the cover of the latest British Vogue and editor Edward Enninful popped over to LA to chat about what’s next. Namely, her first NEW ALBUM in six years. Eeek! Ahh! 

The lineup for Radio 2 Live in Leeds has been announced and, don’t worry, it won’t be a cruel summer because Bananarama are playing.  

Elton John has kicked off the UK leg of his farewell tour with Norwich feeling the love tonight. The Guardian calls him a ‘human jukebox’. Thanks? I think? 

Tech & Telecoms 
UK tech overtook China in the first quarter of 2021 in terms of VC investment and tech job opportunities are at a 10-year high, according to Tech Nation.  

The European Commission has agreed on a beefed up industry code of practice for tackling online disinformation, with signatories including Meta and TikTok.  

The Arts & Humanities Research Council has announced a new £8.5m research programme to transform AI ethics and regulation.  

Spotify is reducing hiring by 25% and Meta is doing similar with some of its teams. The Financial Times asks: how bad is Big Tech’s hiring freeze

Google is set to pay $118m to settle a gender discrimination lawsuit that covers about 15,000 underpaid female employees. 

UK chip designer Arm Holdings is on course to go public in New York BUT they’re reportedly set to secure a secondary listing in London.  

Bitcoin has hit an 18-month low. Sell, sell, SELL, guys!  

Apple may be forced to pay damages of over £750m in a lawsuit over alleged ‘throttling’ of iPhone batteries with software updates. 

Sad day, guys. Internet Explorer has been retired by Microsoft after 27 years. Thank you for the memories.  

Google has announced the 40 European start-ups to receive a share of its $4m Black Founders Fund with UK companies dominating.  

Meta is rolling out new parental controls for Instagram and its VR platforms.  

Crunchbase looks at which startup sectors are the bulls
(moo) and bears (rawr) in 2022’s global VC market so far.  

Amazon is to begin delivering parcels by drone for the first time in the US later this year. Oh no! U-AV forgotten my portable fan!
(Haven’t done that one for a while).

Beep, boop. UK restaurant chain Bella Italia is trialling robot waiters. I’ll have the raviol-AI. (Needs work).   

Look, I don’t want to alarm you, but a Google engineer thinks an AI model they’ve been developing is sentient. He’s since been suspended. Like I say, nothing to worry about.  

 Appointments & Movers 

Sir Peter Bazalgette has been appointed as a non-exec director at the Department for Education; Asos has appointed José Antonio Ramos Calamonte as chief exec; Helen Connolly is the new chief exec of New Look; saxophonist YolanDa Brown and UK Music’s Jamie Njoku-Goodwin have been appointed as national council members for Arts Council England; Wendy Elliot has been appointed as chief exec of Seven Stories, the UK’s national centre for children’s books; King's Head Theatre co-artistic director Hannah Price is to step down; The Telegraph’s head of travel Claire Irvin is off to The Times; Claire Baines has been announced as the BFI’s first disability equality lead 

Ed Stuff

Spoke at the summer reception for the All Party Writers Group in Parliament 

...And Finally

A single beaver caused a mass internet outage for 8 hours in British Columbia, Canada after it chomped through a line. A married beaver wouldn’t have done this. 

A 67-year-old man crowd-surfed at a recent Manchester gig by The Killers and told worried onlookers “I’m enjoying meself”. See! He’s doing just fine!  

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